Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Lion King Signature Collection #Giveaway


Available now for Digital Download
"One of the biggest animated films in history— "The Lion King"—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®-winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29. Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the "Circle of Life.""

Time For A Giveaway

Use the form below for your chance to win a copy of The Lion King Signature Collection on Blu-Ray. Open to Canadian residents over the age of 18. Void where prohibited.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Big Little Lies Season 1 Available For Digital Download



When the kids and hubby go to bed, I settle down in front of the tv with a snack and tune in to shows that I like. Sometimes it's a movie that no one else is interested in watching, and other times it is a series that I enjoy.

I have never read the book Big Little Lies, but I have seen it recommended many times. When I was given the chance to see the HBO series created based on the book, I decided to check it out.

With Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman starring in it, I knew I was going to love it.
"Big Little Lies is based in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, where nothing is quite as it seems. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling? Told through the eyes of three mothers
– Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley)
--Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots,
exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and
neighbors.
"
Available now for Digital Download and on Blu-ray and DVD. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






WOW - Only 4 weeks until the kids start back to school. I can't believe that summer is more than half over now.  How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, August 11, 2017

Week 6 Summer Bucket List Update





















This week didn't quite go as planned - again. Which is fine. The list isn't to keep us on a schedule, more so to give us ideas on days where we don't have much to do.  This summer the kids have spent quite a bit of time with their cousins, which makes me SO happy.  My cousins and I were very close growing up, and I still have that with some of them as adults now.  I really hope that my kids have memories like I do.

We spent an entire day at the pool, went on a bike ride, hung out at home and had time with the grandparents as well.  I went to lunch at the Cheshire Cat with my cousin, but I am not crossing it off since the kids weren't with me.  We did manage to get to Saunders Farm today, so that was one other item off the list!



Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Summer Bucket List
  • strawberry picking - we waited too long, and the crops are not great because of all the rain, so this won't be happening
  • lots of swimming (we will be getting a swim membership again this year)
  • trips to Saunders Farm (we have annual passes)
  • mini golfing
  • go karting
  • biking locally through the area we live
  • biking through one of the local forest trails
  • park omega
  • day trip to Primitive Designs (Mr. K loves transformers)
    • stop at The Big Apple on our way home
  • Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  • lunch at The Cheshire Cat
  • picnic at the park 
  • water fight
  • diefenbunker
  • visit Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
  • baking cookies
  • sleepover at grandparents
  • driving range
  • camping (I have this on here, but we don't camp. We MIGHT camp in my moms backyard this summer....we shall see)
  • nerf war
  • movie at the theatre
  • park play
I will be posting updates weekly with what we have done, and adding in anything else that we decided to do as well.

Do you have any plans for summer?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#BloggersFete 2017 Sponsor Spotlight

The 3rd annual #BloggersFete event has come to an end.  We had a lot of fun over the last 10 days, and hope that you all did as well.  A blog party wouldn't be the same without prizes, and without our wonderful sponsors, we wouldn't be able to provide them.

We have had some pretty great brands sponsor the event over the last few years, and I wanted to give this years sponsors one last shout out and thank you from us.

Skechers
Hasbro
I See Me Books
PlaSmart
Rogers
Disney Store
Wonderbly
Bunch O' Balloons
FaceOff Cloths
Shari Goss - Norwex
SpaFinder
Nature Valley
Sweets From The Earth
FujiFilm
Lansinoh
Magnetree
Smartick
Raincoast Books
Will Stroet
Mia's Moccs
Tommee Tippee
Chapters Indigo

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Water Fight Fun With Nerf #BloggersFete


I can remember how much fun it was to have water fights with my brother and cousins when we were kids.  Things have come a very long way since then, when the small pistols held about 1/8 cup of water. Super Soakers came out when I was in high school, and that was a huge game changer.

My kids love having water fights just as much as we did. We have so many super soakers that the neighbourhood kids come to our house for a water fight and they don't have to bring their own.  They have the chance to try out so many different types from our selection, and decide which they like best.

Hasbro is once again a sponsor for the #BloggersFete event, and they sent me two great products to test out. Unfortunately they didn't arrive early enough for us to give them a try, but as soon as we have a chance I will be sure to let you know how we like them.

I am REALLY excited to try out the HOVERFLOOD.  It actually hovers in the air to soak your opponent from above.  The FLOODINATOR holds 2 liters of water, and can shoot up to 38 feet. These will definitely be great additions to our backyard super soaker supply.

Hasbro is generously gifting one of the twitter party participants with a super soaker of their own - so be sure to RSVP to the party for your chance to win!


Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






WOW - Only 4 weeks until the kids start back to school. I can't believe that summer is more than half over now.  How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, August 4, 2017

Week 5 Summer Bucket List Update





















The 5th week of summer did not really go as I had planned. It was fun, but things changed last minute. The kids ended up having a water fight with a friend on the weekend; we swam a lot. My nephew stayed at our place one night with Mr. J; Mr. K stayed with my niece at their Gramz house. The next day, we all went to see the Emoji movie, and then my mom decided to keep all 4 of them over night.  We went mini putting with my niece on Thursday, and she stayed over...it was the week of sleepovers apparently.

I had hoped to get them to Saunders farm, but we did the movie instead....maybe next week we will make it out there.

Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Summer Bucket List
  • strawberry picking - we waited too long, and the crops are not great because of all the rain, so this won't be happening
  • lots of swimming (we will be getting a swim membership again this year)
  • trips to Saunders Farm (we have annual passes)
  • mini golfing
  • go karting
  • biking locally through the area we live
  • biking through one of the local forest trails
  • park omega
  • day trip to Primitive Designs (Mr. K loves transformers)
    • stop at The Big Apple on our way home
  • Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  • lunch at The Cheshire Cat
  • picnic at the park 
  • water fight
  • diefenbunker
  • visit Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
  • baking cookies
  • sleepover at grandparents
  • driving range
  • camping (I have this on here, but we don't camp. We MIGHT camp in my moms backyard this summer....we shall see)
  • nerf war
  • movie at the theatre
  • park play
I will be posting updates weekly with what we have done, and adding in anything else that we decided to do as well.

Do you have any plans for summer?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Instagram Loop CASH Giveaway #BloggersFete

Another event for #BloggersFete starts today! 3pm EST we will be starting an Instagram Loop Giveaway with a CASH prize of $140 CDN.


Head on over to my instagram account to pick up the loop - make sure to follow the instructions under the photo, and continue to follow the loop until you get back to my account.

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Catch and Learn From PlaSmart #Giveaway

One of the great things about the #BloggersFete event is all the great prizes we have available for our readers.  This year is no different, and on this blog you have the chance to win the Catch and Learn game from PlaSmart.

Catch and Learn is a fishing game. It comes with a dry erase marker, so you can put questions onto the fish. It could be to help with math, spelling or grammar.  It's a pretty fun game for kids ages 4+. I would say the 4-6 age group is probably best.

The game comes with a retractable magnetic catcher, dry erase marker, 10 fish and instructions.

For your chance to win it for your family - enter using the form below. This giveaway will run from August 1 until 1159PM EST August 10th. It is only open to Canadian residents over the age of 18.



Entry-Form

Hop on over to Maple Mouse Mama for the chance to win an Instax Mini 9 , a Nature Valley Prize and a gift card to Sweets From The Earth :) and to The Koala Mom (she has lots of prizes up for grabs). Shannon's View From Here has a Norwex giveaway   (if you haven't tried Norwex products yet - you NEED to. I am a huge fan) and spa finder giveaway~!

Make sure to come back and tell me if you entered any of the others , I would love one of my regular readers to win some fantastic prizes during #BloggersFete!

#BloggersFete Twitter Party RSVP



Hi everyone! We are so excited to be back for the 3rd annual #BloggersFete 2017. BonnieSuzanne, Shannon, Tara and I have been busy on Facebook and email planning this event for months. It all begins NOW with blog giveaways for the next ten days, continues with an Instagram cash giveaway, and wraps up on August 10th with a prize-filled Twitter party! You’re all invited to join us on Twitter and win some fantastic prizes from our sponsors! Twitter parties are fast-paced and fun. We’ll be chatting about motherhood and blogging and the great prizes offered by our sponsors. So grab your favourite party snack and plan to meet us online next week! (The party is at 9 pm for the East Coast and 6 pm for those of us on the West Coast.)

Make sure you are following each of us:
Participate during the Twitter party and RSVP below to be eligible to win one of…

the BloggersFete2017 prizes:

If My Dog Could Talk storybook from I See Me! Books (@ISeeMe_Books); Bunch O' Balloons (@BunchOBalloons)FaceOff cloths Cruz Ramirez Remote Control Car & a CR Diecast Car from Disney Store (@DisneyStore);  2 personalized books from Wonderbly (formerly Lost My Name) (@WonderblyHQ);  Toddler cup set from Tommee Tippee (@TommeeTippee_NA);  Canada book prize pack from Indigo;  1 of 3 pairs of Skechers (@SKECHERSUSA)

Twitter RSVP:

The ‪#‎BloggersFete‬ twitter party is open for anyone to join in. Only Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) are eligible to win. To be eligible to win, you must have RSVP’d, engage on the #BloggersFete hashtag between 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST August 10, 2017 AND be following the 5 co-hosts and 8 twitter party sponsors. There will be 10 random winners throughout the party, drawn from the RSVP list using Random.Org to pick the winning numbers.
Winners will be notified on Twitter from the @KoalaMomBlog account and will have 24 hours to submit prize claim form or they will forfeit their prize. Name and address information will be shared with the sponsors of the prize for shipping purposes only. Co-hosts are NOT responsible for prize fulfillment. By taking part in the #BloggersFete twitter party, you release these co-hosts from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, mis-delivery or acceptance of any prize.

MORE BloggersFete events…

Can’t make it to the Twitter party? That’s okay! Hop on over to the blog giveaways anytime from August 1-10th and join us on Instagram on August 3rd-5th.

Welcome To #BloggersFete 2017



It's back baby! #BloggersFete 2017 has arrived. This is our 3rd year hosting the event as a way to celebrate our blogs and our readers. It's a time for us to say thank you for the continued support over the years.  I am really happy to be participating with The Koala Mom, Maple Mouse Mama, Shannons View From Here and BCmom.ca.

I originally started Tales of Mommyhood in 2008 as a way to keep track of milestones and growth of Mr. J.  When I was pregnant with Mr. K it was great to track my pregnancy.  When he was a baby, I kind of fell into the review/giveaway aspect of the blogosphere.

Over the years I have worked with some pretty great brands and also had some wonderful opportunities for myself and my family - all because of Tales of Mommyhood.  Hard to believe it was 9 years ago that I published my very first post.  At the time, I had no idea that my little slice of the internet would turn into what it is today.

We have changed things a little this year. There will be giveaways on our blogs running August 1-10th. An Instagram Loop CASH Giveaway that will run August 3rd-5th and we will be wrapping up #BloggersFete with a twitter party on August 10th.  You MUST rsvp to be eligible to win. You can do that on the RSVP post - where the terms and conditions are also posted.

Now, what would a blog party be without prizes? We have some fantastic sponsors for this years #BloggersFete.  PlaSmart has been kind enough to offer one of my readers the chance to win a Catch and Learn Game.


Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31st Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Are you enjoying your summer? We have been putting our swim membership to great use - definitely getting our money out of it this year. How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, July 28, 2017

Tips For Planning Summer Birthday Parties



It can be hard for kids that have a summer birthday. They see all their friends having parties during the year, but often in summer people are away and unable to attend parties.  Over the years I have picked up some tips that I am going to share with you.

Both my kids have summer birthdays. The oldest is July 4th, and the youngest is August 28th.  In terms of invitations, there isn't an issue with the July birthday - they can be handed out at school in June. It does pose a bit of a problem with vacations though, because many people spend that first weekend of July at cottages.  There a few options to combat this:
  1. Host the party in June while school is still in session
  2. Host the party the weekend AFTER the birthday, when people may be back from vacation (although in our experience, many people seem to travel during the first two weeks of July)
  3. Keep it small - only invite 2 or 3 of their closest friends that you know are able to make it.
Things get a bit trickier for the late August birthday. When kids are young, as parents we don't always have contact information for the school mates they want to invite to their party.  Our school does not give out a class list.  When you don't know the kids, it can be difficult to get in touch over the summer.
  1. In mid - June, send a note to school for the friends your child wants to see over the summer. Ask for their contact information.
  2. Send invites a little earlier than normal (approximately 4 weeks before party). Put the RSVP date as 2 weeks before the party. (this gives you time to change party plans if most of the invited kids are not able to attend). 
  3. Try to avoid sending invites at the end of school - it may seem like you are being pro-active; however, so much stuff comes home that it is likely to get lost. If it doesn't get lost right away, it will likely get forgotten about because it is so far away.
  4. Plan a mid-September party. Close enough to their birthday that it still feels natural to celebrate, but allows invites to be given out at school, and most people are more available.
Mr. K's birthday party is in a few weeks. I am in the process of sending out invites now - and will see how things stand around the 15th of the month. If no one is able to come, we will end up rescheduling to September.

In past years we have been lucky - most of the kids have been able to come. Now that they are getting older though and his friends are changing, I am not so confident.

Week 4 Summer Bucket List Update





















Hard to believe that 4 weeks of summer vacation have gone by.  This past week the kids were in camps (pedalheads and level up).  Mr. K and I went for a bike ride on Sunday, and we swam a few times. Other than that, we didn't get anything else crossed off the list.

I have plans for this coming week, so we should be able to cross 2 items off the list.....hopefully.

Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Summer Bucket List
  • strawberry picking - we waited too long, and the crops are not great because of all the rain, so this won't be happening
  • lots of swimming (we will be getting a swim membership again this year)
  • trips to Saunders Farm (we have annual passes)
  • mini golfing
  • go karting
  • biking locally through the area we live
  • biking through one of the local forest trails
  • park omega
  • day trip to Primitive Designs (Mr. K loves transformers)
    • stop at The Big Apple on our way home
  • Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  • lunch at The Cheshire Cat
  • picnic at the park 
  • water fight
  • diefenbunker
  • visit Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
  • baking cookies
  • sleepover at grandparents
  • driving range
  • camping (I have this on here, but we don't camp. We MIGHT camp in my moms backyard this summer....we shall see)
  • nerf war
  • movie at the theatre
  • park play
I will be posting updates weekly with what we have done, and adding in anything else that we decided to do as well.

Do you have any plans for summer?

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Are you enjoying your summer? We have been putting our swim membership to great use - definitely getting our money out of it this year. How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, July 21, 2017

Week 3 Summer Bucket List Update





















Our third week has come to an end. Mr. K was in a half day camp this week at our church.  In addition to that, we went swimming, the kids had a nerf war with another boy on the street;  Mr. K had a couple of tutoring sessions; Mr. J had soccer, went skateboarding and he and I played 2 rounds of mini golf.  Trips to Macs for frosters, backyard play, board games and regular household duties.


Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Summer Bucket List
  • strawberry picking - we waited too long, and the crops are not great because of all the rain, so this won't be happening
  • lots of swimming (we will be getting a swim membership again this year)
  • trips to Saunders Farm (we have annual passes)
  • mini golfing
  • go karting
  • biking locally through the area we live
  • biking through one of the local forest trails
  • park omega
  • day trip to Primitive Designs (Mr. K loves transformers)
    • stop at The Big Apple on our way home
  • Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  • lunch at The Cheshire Cat
  • picnic at the park 
  • water fight
  • diefenbunker
  • visit Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
  • baking cookies
  • sleepover at grandparents
  • driving range
  • camping (I have this on here, but we don't camp. We MIGHT camp in my moms backyard this summer....we shall see)
  • nerf war
  • movie at the theatre
  • park play
I will be posting updates weekly with what we have done, and adding in anything else that we decided to do as well.

Do you have any plans for summer?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Fun At The Pool

This is NOT a sponsored post, but does contain affiliate links. If you make 
a purchase using a link, it is no cost to you.

We enjoyed our pool membership so much last year, that we got one again for this summer. I like to spend as much time as possible outside when the weather is nice. Sometimes it feels too hot to be doing activities though, and relaxing poolside is perfect on those occasions.  You can dip into the pool to cool off.


One of the things I like about swimming with the kids, is that they have no idea that they are being active. To them, it's just a fun activity. To me, it gets them outside in the fresh air and it keeps them physically active (an evening swim seems to help them sleep well also).


They can swim, float, jump, splash and have a ton of outdoor fun.  This particular pool isn't overly busy (it's a hotel fitness center, and membership allows access to both an indoor and outdoor pool). The kids know when it's appropriate to jump in and splash around, and when it's not.

There are lots of lounge chairs around the pool deck, offering a great place to relax when not in the water.  I always throw down a towel to avoid sitting directly on the plastic chair (they get hot and skin sticks to them). It gets annoying when those towels fall down though.

My cousin had some pretty cool Olaf towel clips she purchased in the U.S. I didn't see anything in stores here, but I did manage to find lots online.  I went with Canadian themed ones from a store, but Amazon has a pretty huge selection of towel clips. There are Disney characters, animals and some plain ones.  Regular clothespins would work well, but they aren't as fun :)

We have already spent a lot of time at the pool, and with 6 weeks of summer left, I see many more visits in our future.

What's your favourite way to cool off in summer?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Save The Date: #BloggersFete 2017

In August 2015 I co-founded the #BloggersFete event with The Koala Mom, Maple Mouse Mama and a few other bloggers. We will be back this year for the 3rd annual #BloggersFete - and we want you to join us!


Please join the 3 of us, as well as British Columbia Mom and Shannon's View From Here as we celebrate our blogs and our readers. We hope that you will follow along with #BloggersFete 2017. There will be blog giveaways running from August 1-10th, and we will wrap up with a twitter party on the 10th.

To keep up to date on what's happening, sign up for the Tales of Mommyhood newsletter.

Hole In ONE!

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Mr K is in a half day camp this week. Today, his grandmother was picking him up and taking him to her place to spend some time with him. This gave me the opportunity to have some one-on-one time with Mr. J.  

We didn't know what we were going to do, he wanted to see a movie but then changed his mind. We decided to go mini-putting.  There are a few options close to us, but we chose the one that has two courses - and you can play both sides for the price of one.

We headed to the first hole and I ended up with a hole in one!  As we played the rest of the first course, I ended up maxing out on a few of the holes - and Mr. J had a much better score than I.

When we moved to the 2nd course, Mr. J ended up with a hole in one on the first hole! Lucky him.  I did a little better this time around, but he ended up beating me. He was 3 over par on the 2nd course....I won't tell you what my scores were though.

Hard to believe that we both scored hole in ones.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monopoly Gamer: Combining Board Game Fun With Nintendo Characters


Hasbro has a new board game soon to be released: Monopoly Gamer!  It's a spin on the traditional Monopoly game to include a few of your favourite Nintendo characters and objects. Princess Peach, Mario, Yoshi and Donkey Kong are the characters to choose from. Special power ups are available to be used depending on what comes up on the rolled dice.



Mr. K and I spent some time playing it on the weekend and it was a fun change.  You move around the board and are able to buy properties; you collect coins (as you pass go and also dropped coins from other players) and another twist is that as you pass go, you battle some of the legendary bosses from the Mario world.

Instead of the traditional paper money you are accustomed to, Monopoly Gamer features coins valued at 1 and 5. You can earn coins by landing on spaces with the coin box, from the dice or passing over coins that other players have dropped.
"The standard MONOPOLY GAMER Edition game will be available this August at mass market retailers for a suggested retail price of $39.99, and is for ages 8 and up. Fans can take their MONOPOLY GAMER experience to the next level with the purchase of MONOPOLY GAMER POWER PACKS (each sold separately), which include one of several Super Mario character tokens like Luigi, Boo, Rosalina, Wario, Diddy Kong and more. The POWER PACKS will be available this August for a suggested retail price of $4.99 each."
Keep your eyes out for this new game - the perfect addition for any Mario fan in your life!

July 17th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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